Thomas Jefferson Papers

Christopher Greenup to Thomas Jefferson, 9 October 1815

From Christopher Greenup

Frankfort K. Octo 9th 1815


Being unable to ride either on Horseback or in a Carriage (by an obstinate Rheumatic) the distance Mrs Henderson lives from this (35 miles) I engaged a Mr Stephens to attend the taking her deposition, for fear of another failure—I furnished interrogatories and also forwarded the Copy of James Henderson’s aff[idavit?] with your letters of explanation, which were laid before the Commissioners,1 and also read to her. The Depo was taken at her present place of dwelling, she keeping no house of her own, and is herewith inclosed. John Henderson attended—I understand she [is] very old and appeared forgetful—I write in pain so conclude with assurances of my

High respect and consideration

Christr Greenup

RC (MHi); damaged at seal; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr late President of the United States Charlottesville Virginia”; franked; postmarked Frankfort, 13 Oct., and Charlottesville, 26 Oct.; endorsed by TJ as received 27 Oct. 1815 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Deposition of Elizabeth Henderson in Jefferson v. Michie, 30 Sept. 1815.

Christopher Greenup (ca. 1750–1818), attorney and public official, was a native of Loudoun County. He studied law before serving during the American Revolution as a first lieutenant in the Continental army, 1777–78. Greenup was later a colonel in the Virginia militia. In 1781 he moved to Frankfort in what was then the Kentucky district of Virginia. Greenup was admitted to the local bar and represented Fayette County in the House of Delegates, 1785–86. He sat in the Kentucky conventions of 1784, 1785, and 1788, where he supported statehood. Greenup was a member of the first congressional delegation from Kentucky, serving in the United States House of Representatives, 1792–97. In 1804 he was elected governor as a Jeffersonian Republican and completed one four-year term. He then resumed his legal career while continuing to be politically active in Frankfort. TJ apparently met Greenup in the 1790s while both men were serving in the federal government at Philadelphia, and they corresponded sporadically on business thereafter (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ; DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 38 vols. description ends , esp. 25:99–100; Heitman, Continental Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution, April, 1775, to December, 1783, rev. ed., 1914 description ends , 261; Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619–January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, 1978 description ends , 156; Frankfort Argus of Western America, 1 May 1818; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 16, 20 May 1818).

A missing letter from TJ to Greenup of 30 July 1815 is recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “Commissiors.”

Index Entries

  • Greenup, Christopher; and depositions inJefferson v. Michie search
  • Greenup, Christopher; and Henderson case search
  • Greenup, Christopher; health of search
  • Greenup, Christopher; identified search
  • Greenup, Christopher; letter from search
  • Greenup, Christopher; letters from accounted for search
  • health; rheumatism search
  • Henderson, Elizabeth Lewis (Bennett Henderson’s wife); and deposition inJefferson v. Michie search
  • Henderson, James L.; and Henderson estate search
  • Henderson, John; and TJ’s land dispute with D. Michie search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; dispute with D. Michie search
  • Jefferson v. Michie; and depositions search
  • rheumatism; C. Greenup’s search
  • Stephens, Lewis F.; and E. Henderson’s deposition search